Laura Lee and Dr Belinda Brookes-Gordon appeared on Newsnight to discuss the impending debate in the European parliament which intends to criminalise the purchases of sex. Dorcas Erskine from Eaves was there to support Mary Honeyball who proposes this bill.
It was an infuriating debate with Dorcas Erskine shouting down Belinda when Belinda was given the floor to speak, and was arguing that Dorcas’s statistics were misrepresentative. Dorcas was so dismissive of academic peer reviewed research. Throughout this debate Belinda and Laura were silenced by the incessant interruptions from Dorcas. Interesting to see various comments from impartial tweeters back up this view.
A video of the debate will be posted here in the next few hours, and then later the Newsnight visit to a German brothel. Newsnight chose to visit a brothel and Germany, and did not explore alternatives like total decriminalization. The alternative supported by us is the total decriminalization model as is practised in New Zealand. This model gives power to sex workers to work how they want, whether that is a big brothel, a small brothel set up by women working together, lone sex workers, or street work. In all cases the sex worker has the tight to refuse clients and to contact the police.
Newsnight German brothel video coming.